It’s not uncommon to worry about your home while you are away, but surveilling your house from a distance means setting up an expensive alarm and security camera system.
This is where the Nest Cam comes into play. Nest (owned by Google) recently acquired Dropcam, and the company has just released the Nest Cam, which is a better overall version of the original Dropcam. Plus, Nest Cam can be purchased for just $199 making it an ideal way to monitor your home while you are away.
How Nest Cam Works
The Next Cam functions a lot like the Dropcam. Setup is simple, you can monitor activity in your house using your phone or tablet (iOS or Android), and you can monitor what’s happening inside of your home from your phone or tablet. The design of the Nest Cam is thinner and sleeker too, so it’s a lot more pleasant to look at (and possibly easier to hide) than the original Dropcam.
Another interesting feature of the Nest Cam is that it comes with a microphone. So, if you see something on screen that you want to stop, you can speak through the camera (like if you have a teenager that’s home alone and out of control). Even though the actual camera is relatively inexpensive at $199, there are some service fees attached to using the camera and storing images.
The Cost of Using the Cloud
You’ll want to store the images that you get from your Nest Cam for a few days at least, and in order to do this you will have to sign up for one of the storage options. To store images in the cloud for ten days, you’ll have to pay a fee of $100 per year. If you want to store images for up to thirty days, that fee jumps to $300 per year.
These prices can seem kind of high, but if you compare the storage rates with a home security system through any other company, you’ll see that the rates per year aren’t that crazy. Plus, most people can get away with storing images for ten days at a time, so you may not even enter that $300 per year territory.
Setting It Up
All you have to do to set up the Nest Cam is to find a spot for it on a wall (baby’s room if that’s what you want to monitor or the living room area - wherever you think it would work best), plug in the ten foot cord, and then scan the barcode on the back of the camera with your phone. Once you scan the barcode, you can then start to monitor your home remotely using your phone or your tablet.
The setup is really simple, and it will give you peace of mind when you are not home. Nest has also added a feature that lets you mount this camera on any kind of metal (ceiling or otherwise), which is something that Dropcam didn’t allow for.
If you need a security camera, the Nest Cam is definitely worth a closer look. Check it out on the Nest website where you can order the camera directly.